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Old 11-16-2018, 09:06 PM
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Anyone have experience with the Sf Electa Amator, early form? I see Sf will be releasing an Anniversary version. I am curious what to expect.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:38 PM
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I heard the new ones at RMAF, they were gorgeous and sounded very good, given the environment. I think the price was about $12k.
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I owned the original Electa Amators and used them with a REL sub. They reproduced voice better than any speaker I've owned. The new ones have colmpetely different drivers, hard to speculate on their sound???
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Anyone have experience with the Sf Armator Electra, early form? I see Sf will be releasing an Anniversary version. I am curious what to expect.
We listened to the new ones at RMAF......if I remember correctly they were hooked up to a big McIntosh integrated amplifier. I thought they sounded nice but wasn’t a big fan of the room.....I thought they were a bit sterile but I really think the room had a lot to do with it. They looked really nice. I still fondly remember the original Electa Amators. At the time they were one of the best speakers I had ever heard......I suspect they would still sound pretty good by today’s standards. They had that rich deep Sonus Faber sound that they were known for.

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Sonus Faber Electa Amator were the first speakers I bought after graduating college. I bought the speakers along with a Counterpoint amp and preamp and a Proceed CD player in 1994 or so.

I sold the speakers about 15 years ago in the early days of Audiogon but I still have the original wood and marble stands. They were too heavy to ship and the dealer installed them so I never saw original boxes. The marble base was supposedly from the quarry owned by the designer of the speakers. They eventually made a version II and the new release in my opinion will be nothing like the labor of love that personified the originals. Sadly Sonus Faber has gone from a boutique brand to about as mass market as a brand can get in today's high end market.

I still have the original stands today - repurposed by my wife as the worlds most expensive plant stands, I think they were over $1k in 1994. If anyone is ever looking for the original stands in the NYC area, they are like new and holding plants waiting for an old pair of Sonus Faber's to find them!
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Sonus Faber Electa Amator were the first speakers I bought after graduating college. I bought the speakers along with a Counterpoint amp and preamp and a Proceed CD player in 1994 or so.

I sold the speakers about 15 years ago in the early days of Audiogon but I still have the original wood and marble stands. They were too heavy to ship and the dealer installed them so I never saw original boxes. The marble base was supposedly from the quarry owned by the designer of the speakers. They eventually made a version II and the new release in my opinion will be nothing like the labor of love that personified the originals. Sadly Sonus Faber has gone from a boutique brand to about as mass market as a brand can get in today's high end market.

I still have the original stands today - repurposed by my wife as the worlds most expensive plant stands, I think they were over $1k in 1994. If anyone is ever looking for the original stands in the NYC area, they are like new and holding plants waiting for an old pair of Sonus Faber's to find them!
I agree the company has changed, the harsh reality of survival in today's market. I was very sad when Serbeo Faber died ( sorry for the botched spelling). Today's product, although different, is still a very good speaker.
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I agree the company has changed, the harsh reality of survival in today's market. I was very sad when Serbeo Faber died ( sorry for the botched spelling). Today's product, although different, is still a very good speaker.
Who's Serbeo Faber???? Did you mean Franco Serblin?

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Who's Serbeo Faber???? Did you mean Franco Serblin?

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Yes I simply couldn't remember his name, old age!!!!! Best guess wasn,'t so good
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I still have the original stands today - repurposed by my wife as the worlds most expensive plant stands...

Now that’s worth a picture!
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Now that’s worth a picture!
Puts the plants at ear level
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